Elon Musk wants to make you smarter than a supercomputer

Elon Musk wants to make you smarter than a supercomputer

When most people have crazy ideas, they laugh and move on. When Elon Musk comes up with something ridiculous, he starts a company. Between running SpaceX, Tesla, Hyperloop, and other ventures, the South African wants to make us smarter. His plan is to connect our brains to computers for superhuman intelligence. You really cannot fault the man’s ambition.

– Neuralink will be a computing interface for the human brain

– Initially it will help those suffering from epilepsy and severe depressive disorder

– The future goal is to make humans smarter than artificial intelligence

Elon Musk

The Crazy World of Elon Musk

The technology being developed by Neuralink is classic comic book stuff. Machines are set to take over the world, thanks to superior intelligence and physical abilities. In order to keep up, humans must become part-machines themselves.

Musk’s plan for real-life cyborgs involves tiny brain implants. With these electrodes in place, it will be possible to transfer data to and from your mind. This “direct cortical interface” would be far more efficient than using a keyboard to interact with your computer.

Elon Musk Neurolink

The idea is not (quite) as crazy as it sounds. People with severe Parkinson’s disease are already treated with electrode implants. Deep brain stimulation, or DBS, stimulates the brain with electrical pulses. This changes the signals within the brain that cause tremors.

[tweet_box]Elon Musk’s latest crazy idea: connect our brains to computers for superhuman intelligence[/tweet_box]

Neurolink will probably work at treating other conditions such as epilepsy. Initial success could allow the company to pursue the cyborg idea. Little is known about the project, but one thing is for sure: you will have to wait some time yet before your brain can Google search.

“Your output level is so low, particularly on a phone, your two thumbs just tapping away. This is ridiculously slow. Our input is much better because we have a high bandwidth visual interface into the brain. Our eyes take in a lot of data.” – Elon Musk

Elon Musk Neurolink

What We ❤️

It would be fun to solve sudoku puzzles in seconds and make a killing on the stock market. You would also have time to write your eighteenth Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

Room for Improvement

One major issue is that the product doesn’t exist yet. The other problem is security — kids could probably hack your mind for extra dessert.

Availability

You will need to wait to try Neuralink, and when you have finished waiting, wait some more. That said, Elon Musk likes getting things done quickly, and the company is currently hiring some great neuroscientists.

What would you do with some extra brain power? Hit us with your craziest ideas in the comments!

h/t: WSJ

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.
Join the Discussion

You Might Also Like

This wearable air purifier gives instant allergy relief in any indoor space

This wearable air purifier gives instant allergy relief in any indoor space

Do you struggle with airborne allergies like pet fur, pollen, mold, or dust mites? If you do, there’s good news on the way because there’s a brand-new product to make your life easier. Respiray Wear A+ is an allergen-filtering wearable..
May the 4th be with you: must-have Star Wars gadgets and accessories

May the 4th be with you: must-have Star Wars gadgets and accessories

You have your lightsaber ready, and your Star Wars movies all lined up on Disney+. But have you bought yourself—or the superfan in your life—a new collectible in honor of the day? If not, have a look at these must-have..
Mother’s Day gift guide: 10 great gadgets she’ll love

Mother’s Day gift guide: 10 great gadgets she’ll love

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for the perfect gift for the mother in your life, you’re reading the right blog. In our Mother’s Day gift guide, we’ve rounded up some of the top gadget..
The best window cleaning robots for a sparkling home

The best window cleaning robots for a sparkling home

Spring has arrived, and with sunnier weather, you may have realized just how dirty your windows are. But window washing is serious work, what with setting up a ladder and squeegeeing hard-to-reach areas. And hiring a company for the job..
10 Unbelievably useful summer gadgets you need for 2024

10 Unbelievably useful summer gadgets you need for 2024

Summer comes and goes, but your warm-weather gear should last a few seasons, at least. As an editor at Gadget Flow, I aim to scout out products I think you’ll get the most mileage from. And today, I’m compiling my..
20 Gadgets under $20: the best tech gadgets to buy on a budget

20 Gadgets under $20: the best tech gadgets to buy on a budget

Need a last-minute gift? Want to upgrade a few things around the house? Whatever your goals, stay on budget with these 20 gadgets under $20. Yes, even when everything’s getting more expensive, you can get great prices on Wyze products,..